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Man kicked in face while relaxing at park, suspect arrested, Madison police say

Man kicked in face while relaxing at park, suspect arrested, Madison police say

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Police arrested a man Saturday after he was seen punching and kicking a Michigan man in the face at Brittingham Park.

Gary Troutman Jr., 58, no permanent address, was tentatively charged with battery, disorderly conduct and aggravated battery against an elderly person, Madison police said.

The incident happened at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday near the park shelter at 401 West Shore Drive.

The 69-year-old Iron River, Michigan, man was in the park with a 66-year-old Madison woman, when Troutman began hitting the man in the face and head, then kicked him in the face, police said.

A 31-year-old man walking his dog near the shelter gave the dog's leash to the woman then tackled the assailant and held him to the ground, with help from the victim, while a witness called police.

The younger man sustained minor injuries while restraining Troutman.

"Further investigation showed the suspect, who had been drinking, had no relationship to the victims, and has accused them of calling the police on him before initiating the attack," police spokesman Joseph Buccellato said.

Troutman has had many court appearances in the past, including convictions in Dane County in March on charges of battery to an emergency services worker and battery or threats to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer.

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